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Front view of AMD Opteron 180

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 180

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 65 °C vs 55 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.99 GHz vs 2.75 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4800+

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AMD Athlon X2 4800+

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 89.38W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 96.36 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 26.5 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Newer May, 2006 vs Sep, 2005 Release date 7 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Opteron 180 vs Athlon X2 4800+

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Opteron 180
67,150 MB/s
Athlon X2 4800+
68.2 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 180  vs
Athlon X2 4800+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
939
AM2

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Opteron 180  vs
Athlon X2 4800+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature 0 - 65°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.99 GHz 2.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,238.6 1,457.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.99 GHz 2.75 GHz

power consumption

TDP 110W 65W
Annual home energy cost 26.5 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 96.36 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.68 pt/W 0.8 pt/W
Typical power consumption 89.38W 52.81W
AMD Opteron 180
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